Figeater Beetle — Green On Green
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I’ve posted images of Figeater Beetles in the past, so today’s image is hardly a first. I’m posting it because I really like it. Indeed, I like it so much that I rate it as among my favorite images of this year.
Figeater Beetles are sometimes referred to in these parts as “June Bugs,” which is a complete misnomer inasmuch as they don’t appear in June and they’re not bugs. These large scarab beetles (about 1″ to 1.25″ in length) first appear in July and remain a part of our environment until September. They’re a brilliant green, buzz loudly when they fly, and are totally harmless — unless you’re an ornamental plant or a fruit tree. The beetles can do some damage to the trees’ fruit and the plants’ vegetation but nothing fatal as far as I know. There just aren’t all that many of these beetles.
I am very grateful for this photo. I was over at Sweetwater Wetlands the other morning and got caught in the rain. The rain got everything wet and it forced me to leave. But, just as the first drops of rain began to fall, I noticed this beetle on some native vegetation. It was way too dark and gloomy for me to photograph the beetle without a flash. I was delighted with the final image because the flash didn’t compete with ambient light to illuminate the subject. As a result, there are no big hot spots (as often happens when one shoots with flash during daylight hours), and there is no overpowering glare. I also really like the nearly all-green motif. It’s just a neat image as far as I’m concerned.
Image made with a Canon 5DS-R, 180mm f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, camera stabilized by monopod, M setting, ISO 160, f13 @ 1/160.